Tucson Little League Baseball

Meet Sunnyside Little Leaguers Through ESPN Introductions

One by one, the Sunnyside coaches and players introduced themselves to the nation before the team dramatically beat Northern California 3-2 Friday night in a West Region Little League game at San Bernardino, Calif.

Mikey Muñiz’s walkoff RBI double after Izaiah Moraga’s game-tying home run in the sixth inning sent the stands at Houghton Stadium — and Tucson –into a frenzy.

Sunnyside, 11-1 through the district, state and regional tournaments, will be the home team tonight when it plays Hawaii for the championship and right to advance to the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., next week. The game is at 6 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

Before Friday night’s game, ESPN had Sunnyside’s players line up and introduce themselves individually. Here are screen shots of all the coaches and players:

Juan Abril

Favorite food: Seafood

Angel Armenta Jr.

Favorite athlete: Cody Bellinger

Aciel Guillen

Favorite food: Pizza

Juan Hernandez

Favorite team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Cristobal “Damian” Lorta

Favorite team: Boston Red Sox

Jordan Mayboca

Loves to ride rollercoasters.

Izaiah Moraga

Favorite athlete: Jesse Owens

Michel Muñiz Jr.

Beat his coach three times in MLB The Show video game.

Antonio Ochoa

Favorite athlete: Francisco Lindor

Francisco Rivero Jr.

Favorite athlete: Cody Bellinger

Andrew Romo

Favorite athlete: Jose Altuve

Miguel Siqueiros

Favorite athlete: Cody Bellinger

Jorge Zazueta

Favorite athlete: Yadir Molina

Francisco Rivero Sr.


Cristobal Lorta Sr.

Pitching coach

Ernest Moraga



ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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